C.J. Mosley: 'Whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets'


C.J. Mosley isn't used to being on a team no one believes will win. After years of sporting Baltimore Ravens purple and being predicted to make the playoffs, the linebacker took a huge pay raise to join the perennially downtrodden New York Jets.

During offseason workouts, Mosley liked what he saw, and believes the football literati is underestimating Gang Green's chances in 2019.

"Now that we've got a new little mix-up, got some new people around and some new faces, we're all eager and we're all ready," he said earlier this offseason, via the team's official website. "We know the whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets, so we're ready to prove them wrong."

The Jets overhauled the coaching staff, bringing in coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Gang Green also added the likes of Le'Veon Bell, Mosley, and Jamison Crowder in free agency, and snagged mammoth DT Quinnen Williams in the first round of the draft. The most vital part of the equation is quarterback Sam Darnold making a leap in Year 2.

"I think we're eager," Mosley said. "Definitely young, and we know that. But as a group and collectively, we already know the people that have been here, the coaches that have been here and all they've heard since they've been here is we'll lose."

The Jets have won 14 combined games over the past three years, finishing in the cellar of the AFC East in each of those campaigns. Stretching back further, since last making the playoffs in 2010, the Jets have just one season in eight with better than a .500 record.

Mosley said he signed in New York to lead the turnaround.

"They always have been (doubters)," he said. "Even I was when I wasn't here. You've got to be honest. That's another reason I came here, I'm always about great tradition and what better city and what better state to come in and turn a great organization around and be champions."